The Icarus Parallel

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William M. He was in the U. Air Force and worked in intelligence through the '60's and into the '70's as an analyst and a linguist. During this time he lived in various locations in Europe and the Far East. For most of six years he lived in Greece. Having retired from business, he lives with his wife in Williamsburg, Virginia. Carter Martin was raised on international intrigue, but the diplomatic lessons of his youth, the training of his agency, and the rules he swore to follow will be of little help once he enters the high stakes world of antiquities in Greece.

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Zakari the thief, Barba Yorgi the wild one, and the most wanted man on the island, Abu Bekr, will intersect Carter's path along with friendship, loyalty, love and loss. Read more Read less. About the Author William M.

No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. December 14, - Published on Amazon. Verified Purchase. At the center of the action is Carter Martin, a disillusioned second-generation CIA operative who is the Icarus of the tale. Author Pearson is himself a linguist and former intelligence analyst who spent time in Greece.

His experiences and insights clearly enrich this intriguing story with a vivid sense of having been there been there, done that. December 3, - Published on Amazon. I always judge a book by how much I miss the characters when I have finished it. For several days after reading this book I felt like I had lost good friends.


This book is interesting, believable, and well written. My kudos to the author. I highly recommend it! I want to go again! December 28, - Published on Amazon. Pearson takes the reader on a fantastic voyage to Crete replete with well drawn characters and steeped in the history of Crete. Martin Wikelski, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell and head of the Icarus Mission, talks about his very first countdown in life and the future of the global animal tracking system.

How does it feel to be part of a mission where so much is at stake? Wikelski: The launch centre right in the middle of the Kazakh Steppe is in itself a very peculiar sort of place. When you stand next to one of the huge gates and the rocket rolls out of the hangar, you feel your stomach flutter. My colleagues and I put so much time and energy into the development of Icarus — all of which could go up in smoke in seconds.

After all, not every launch is a success. First it will be stored in the Russian module of the Space Station. Then in August it will be mounted on the outside. This will mark another crucial moment.

If everything goes well during the spacewalk of the Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergei Prokopiev, we will have overcome the biggest hurdle yet. What are you looking forward to most in the coming months? The first data transmission from the ISS , of course! When we receive the first test data from the Space Station and know that the system is working, at that moment I will be the happiest person on Earth.

Then we will continue running tests for two months to check that the antennas and on-board computer are working and that the data transfer is reliable.

Things can then really get off the ground towards autumn of this year. For the first time, Icarus will enable scientists to track thousands of animals on their journeys around the globe — around the clock and for months and even years on end. Around research projects are already queuing up to make use of the new technology.

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What are the most pressing questions that Icarus can answer? First and foremost, I would say migratory birds. Their numbers are dwindling dramatically worldwide , and in many cases, we don't know where they are disappearing or why. If we don't find answers soon that allow us to take countermeasures, it will be too late for many species. The same is true of massively exploited fish stocks and many marine mammals.

We also urgently need to know more about how animals spread pathogens. How does bird flu find its way to Europe? In which animals does the Ebola virus occur? To answer these questions, we want to use Icarus to track the flight paths of waterfowl in Asia and fruit bats in Africa. Both are thought to be possible carriers of the pathogens. And finally, in 10 years' time, we will know which species are able to predict natural disasters. Initial scientific data on earthquakes and volcanic eruptions suggest that some animals sense such events hours in advance. If we can demonstrate these abilities beyond a doubt, it could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the future.

First of all, the number of research projects using Icarus will increase sharply over the next few years. I would imagine that by several thousand projects will be using the system to collect scientific data.

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By then, hundreds of thousands of animals could be tagged with even smaller transmitters. In 10 years, Icarus will probably be stationed not only on the ISS but also on a number of satellites. The satellites would also cover regions that Icarus is unable to currently survey. More satellites would in particular allow us to open up scientifically interesting regions above the 55th parallel in Europe, Asia and North America.

As soon as Icarus is in the air, many things will change for you personally as well. What will your everyday work be like then? Thankfully, I'll be able to devote more time to my own research projects. Unfortunately, during the past few years my scientific work has sometimes taken a back seat to Icarus.

That should change now. Starting in July, I will take a science sabbatical and once again focus my attention entirely on research. Explore further. More from Astronomy and Astrophysics. Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more. Your feedback will go directly to Science X editors. Thank you for taking your time to send in your valued opinion to Science X editors.

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